Rohr: I Have Received Coaching Offers From Two Countries

April 30, 2020

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that two countries have contacted him about taking over as coach.

Rohr’s current deal with the NFF ends on June 30, and he has been offered a fresh contract with some modified clauses. 

Under the terms of the new deal, Rohr is expected to reside in Nigeria, be paid in local currency and will also take a wage cut.

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The 66-year-old has since returned the NFF’s contract proposal with some proposed changes — which include certain demands of his own — hoping an agreement could be reached.

“If the answer I give with some little changes in my contract is positive, I will continue,” Rohr told ESPN.

“If not, I have to see what they give me because I have still the request from two other federations. I received it — they are waiting for my answer — but I take my time to give the NFF to make the final draft before I answer them.”

The former Bordeaux handler said he has no problem with the conditions specified in his contract proposal.

“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know.

“But I heard like everybody what was said by President [Amaju] Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.

“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants.

“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”

Rohr added: “I want to work free in all my responsibilities.

Independence as coach who is responsible for results. It is always good to be sure you can do a work with confidence and be free in the choice of good players.

“We have a good relationship with Pinnick, with [ NFF vice-president] Seyi [Akinwunmi] and with [League Management Company chairman] Shehu [Dikko] so I think we can find an agreement. There is no big problem to change.

“All I can say is that we are discussing in a good spirit with NFF. They sent me the proposal, I sent my answer. There are some little things to discuss about, and then we will see. Everything can be discussed. They have my answer and now I will wait for the proposal coming back.”

On the payment of his assistants Rohr stated that they are paid from his $US55,000 wages and not by the NFF.

“For me it is a little bit special because, as you know, with my salary, we are four people. It is not only me. I have my three assistants, Tunde Adelakun, Nabil Trabelsi and also Jean Luc Royer. I can speak in the name of my assistants because we are in touch all the time.

“Like I told you, I don’t speak in public about it. I never spoke about my salary, I only saw that it has been published. But it’s for four people and not only for me. A lot of people don’t know that.”

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On the issue of accepting a pay-cut, he said: “Of course, everybody in the moment has an obligation to understand that there are no matches. Clubs and federations have problems with money, even if they have assistance from FIFA or UEFA, but everybody has to be ready to make sacrifices.

“So I already told NFF that in the months from April to June, we agreed to cut our salaries, which is also a sign of solidarity.”

Rohr took over from Sunday Oliseh as Eagles coach in August 2016.

He led the Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the team failed to reach the second round, and to win the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

In 49 games with the Super Eagles, Rohr has won 29, drawn 11 and lost nine for a 59.18 wining percentage.

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